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'PASSION' IS HEADED FOR HOLY $UNDAY ($100 million in its first five days)
New York Post ^ | 2/28/04 | LOU LUMENICK

Posted on 02/28/2004 12:25:49 AM PST by kattracks

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:19:46 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

February 28, 2004 -- Mel Gibson's controversial "The Passion of the Christ" scored a second strong day and could take in a whopping $100 million at the box office in just its first five days, experts said yesterday. Thursday's reported take by distributor Newmarket was an estimated $14.7 million, a drop from Wednesday's opening-day number of $23.6 million.


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To: CathyRyan
Quote from CathyRyan

My bet is they will re release The Last Temptation of Christ.... They just don't get it.

Cathy, what a great line. Both funny and a sad commentary at the same time.

101 posted on 02/28/2004 7:41:11 AM PST by handy
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To: Taffini
They don't want the movie to have legs
102 posted on 02/28/2004 7:41:15 AM PST by Taffini ( I need a new one)
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To: kattracks
'PASSION' IS HEADED FOR HOLY $UNDAY ($100 million in its first five days)

If Gallop, and the like, really wants to show some real credibility in their polls, perhaps they should get their statistics strait from the horses mouth.

This time it appears the slant of the press didn't alter the publics decision in seeing what they wanted to see.

103 posted on 02/28/2004 7:47:56 AM PST by EGPWS
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To: uncbob
Let's hope he starts his own studio and starts putting out movies in competetion with Hollywood's normal slop


yes, I would like to see a Christmas movie that didn't have an elf or a fat santa in it
104 posted on 02/28/2004 7:50:11 AM PST by Taffini ( I need a new one)
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To: kattracks
A real blessing from God is that it takes the left a boatload of lies to cover up a single truth.. and a whole movie full of them leaves a big old lump in the rug the truth is swept under...

and what movie has ever left you walking out of the theater thinking, "Oh! YEAH!" and did you know HE"S coming back again, for real, and THAT WON'T be a movie !... and if you did'nt get that from the movie you surely have a neighbor somewhere actively anticipating it and being prompted will gladly tell you "THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS STORY"..

Paul Harvey eat your heart out...LoL.. I mean amen..

105 posted on 02/28/2004 8:04:14 AM PST by hosepipe
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To: .30Carbine
I bought 2 CD soundtracks!! One for me and one as a birthday gift for a friend....AWESOME!! A MUST HAVE!!
106 posted on 02/28/2004 8:08:16 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: kattracks
I saw the movie last night with the wife and the three oldest children (19, 17, 15). It was profoundly moving and illustrative of the beating, mocking, scrouging and crucifixition of Christ.

I'm a soldier, I've seen violence -- but none of my family has. They now fully, fully understand the sin-and-evil nature of unregenerate man, and how Christ has dealt with it. They did not know true brutality until now; now they also know the true unmerited grace of God.

This movie's impact should translate into significant step in the culture war against secular humanism, against islamic terrorism, against the false sense that Christians have that 'I'm in a minority, I can not overcome this world and this age.' This is an encouragement for Christians to step up and to follow Christ.

The best part of the movie? Where the resurrected Jesus stands up in the tomb, first with an expression of love, then determination, and compassion, and strides forward to the opening and out of the camera shot. The last thing you see is the clear nailhole in His hand.

We too need to pay our price, rise up and then be about our Father's business.

107 posted on 02/28/2004 8:09:12 AM PST by ReaganCowboy (Number you can call...)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority
with out name stars


I disagree, Jim Caviezel and Monica Belluci have been very popular stars for some time now.
108 posted on 02/28/2004 8:11:14 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: dagoofyfoot
The Passion of Chris
Total as of Feb. 26, 2004: $41,337,889
Release Date: February 25, 2004

The Last Temptation of Christ
Total Gross: $8,373,585
Release Date: August 12, 1988

Hollywood definitely does not get it.

www.boxofficemojo.com

109 posted on 02/28/2004 8:16:13 AM PST by handy
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To: RoseofTexas
I bought 2 CD soundtracks!! One for me and one as a birthday gift for a friend....AWESOME!! A MUST HAVE!!



where did you find the CD?
110 posted on 02/28/2004 8:18:39 AM PST by Taffini ( I need a new one)
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To: RoseofTexas
The score was so much a part of the whole film experience that I didn't pay particular attention to it during the first viewing...until the closing credits...that "amen, amen," at the very end was perfect for my experience. Can't wait to hear it: I ordered it (and the book) 2nd day shipping!
111 posted on 02/28/2004 8:21:47 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: handy
Hmmmm lemme see here:

$41,337,889 for The Passion Of The Christ

$8,373,585 for The Last Temptation of Christ

Hollywood definitely does NOT get it.. $PRICELESS!!
112 posted on 02/28/2004 8:22:26 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: Taffini
where did you find the CD?


go to Amazon.com. do a search of 'all products' for 'the passion.' You'll get a list that includes a book and the CD...book was at #3 and CD at #2 this AM!
113 posted on 02/28/2004 8:23:23 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Taffini
Wal-mart is carrying the movie soundtrack for only $13.99!!!
114 posted on 02/28/2004 8:23:39 AM PST by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas; All
Same price on Amazon. Also, if you buy both the book and the CD you get an additonal 5% off.
Plus...and best of all...it screws with their heads to have all this Christian stuff do so well.

I wonder what the sales ranks will be for these items on Monday?!

115 posted on 02/28/2004 8:28:36 AM PST by .30Carbine
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To: truthandlife; NYer
ping for your lists
116 posted on 02/28/2004 8:29:06 AM PST by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin Kerry)
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To: Liz
[ The chief priests had no power to get rid of Jesus. They needed Pilate --and Roman law that prevailed---to do that for them. But Pilate as a Roman leader had no say over Jewish (religious) transgressions and had in fact said he thought Jesus was innocent. Pilate was also sensitive to his wife begging him to save Jesus. ]

Josephus recounted that Jesus healed Pilates wife of something.. don't remember what page in my version but remember reading that... Josephus was a non religious non christian Jew too, during that time.. as far as I know the only non believer evidence of Jesus healings..

117 posted on 02/28/2004 8:31:39 AM PST by hosepipe
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To: handy; RoseofTexas

The Passion of the Christ
Total as of Feb. 26, 2004: $41,337,889
Release Date: February 25, 2004

The Last Temptation of Christ
Total Gross: $8,373,585
Release Date: August 12, 1988

Hollywood definitely does not get it.

www.boxofficemojo.com

Wow! Your post definitely bears repeating, handy.

119 posted on 02/28/2004 8:40:41 AM PST by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin Kerry)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
There are people out there that definately don't get it. Sad to say, some of them surprise me by their lack of understanding. I agree with your premise.
120 posted on 02/28/2004 8:43:44 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: Ursa63
Thank you Ursa.
121 posted on 02/28/2004 8:44:57 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: kattracks
My wife and I saw the movie last night here in Charleston SC. We got to our seats 25 minutes before the movie was scheduled to start and it was almost completely full. We got two of the last seats available. We sat very close to the front on the flat area in front of the elevated grandstand seats. There were so many people there to see the movie that the theater cancelled another movie and threw up another reel in an adjoining theater room. PACKED!
122 posted on 02/28/2004 8:45:14 AM PST by Lowcountry
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To: Liz
Thank you Liz.
123 posted on 02/28/2004 8:48:55 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: tiamat
Thanks for your comments. I stand by my take on this.
124 posted on 02/28/2004 8:50:31 AM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: truthskr
how can anyone condone selling jesus for profit? isn't it funny how this catholic filmmaker is making record profits, donating a great deal to the catholic church at a time when the church needs money desparately to payoff the victims of sexual abuse?

a.) What's wrong with profit?

b.) What's wrong with asking people to pay for something that cost money to make?

c.) What makes you think that we should not have to pay to see a movie about the life of Christ?

d.) I'm pretty sure that Bible makers charge for the book about Christ and some of them make a profit.

e.) Are you accusing Mel Gibson of creating a movie for the express purpose of endowing a slush fund for sexual abuse victims?

f.) Why are you so cynical?

125 posted on 02/28/2004 9:14:18 AM PST by Lowcountry
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To: truthskr
truthskr Since Feb 28, 2004

I hope you will seek the truth. Stay around FR for a while to get the REAL truth on things of this world.
126 posted on 02/28/2004 9:17:28 AM PST by StrictTime ("It's just that kind of sarcasm that puts the spice in our relationship.")
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To: CathyRyan
yeah, I saw the bigot Friedman on Fox last night, defending himself against Hannity's replacement. He tried to claim he wasn't opposed to movies about Christ... He liked Scorcese's after all.
127 posted on 02/28/2004 9:20:19 AM PST by dangus
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To: commish
I don't see this as a "Repeat business" movie.

Actually, I think it is. Everyone knows the plot going in, it is the emotion that is compelling. The emotional experience can be re-experienced. Witness Titanic, which has massive repeat business from emotion-laden females.

128 posted on 02/28/2004 9:22:19 AM PST by Plutarch
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To: notorious vrc
No, JC isn't wearing that watch... That arm (wearing black sleeves, also, btw) belongs to the man wearing Sun Glasses behind JC.
129 posted on 02/28/2004 9:22:42 AM PST by dangus
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To: padfoot_lover
I plan on giving a copy of the DVD to everyone in my extended family when it comes out -- that's 5 copies plus 1 for me.

That is such a good idea! :)

130 posted on 02/28/2004 9:30:26 AM PST by onyx
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To: padfoot_lover
I plan on giving a copy of the DVD to everyone in my extended family when it comes out -- that's 5 copies plus 1 for me.

Great idea. I have 10 nephews, and they'll all be getting the DVD for Christmas.

Pretty soon those numbers may add up to something ;-)

131 posted on 02/28/2004 9:36:25 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: onyx
BUMP
132 posted on 02/28/2004 9:38:30 AM PST by international american (Kerry has hired a full time clerk to keep track of his lies..........)
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To: Aquinasfan
Yeah, like 500 million!!
133 posted on 02/28/2004 9:39:45 AM PST by international american (Kerry has hired a full time clerk to keep track of his lies..........)
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To: notorious vrc
Nope, looks like a guy in the background, holding up his arm (using a light-meter?).
134 posted on 02/28/2004 9:42:21 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Oh boy, I can't wait to eat that monkey!"--Abe Simpson)
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To: Liz; DoughtyOne
Nice, very nice, take. Words to live by. Jesus came to earth not to bring peace but with a sword. He could not fight His slayers. But we can.

"But I say to you, love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you."

135 posted on 02/28/2004 9:48:14 AM PST by pseudo-ignatius
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To: Taffini
I think his critics are praying it dies an early death.

Yes, but praying to whom?

136 posted on 02/28/2004 9:52:01 AM PST by Freebird Forever
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To: kattracks
I just keep thinking to myself, "Jesus and moneychangers, Jesus and moneychangers." Anyone else see this as ironic?
137 posted on 02/28/2004 9:54:24 AM PST by Archangelsk (Are you a Republican or a Republican't?)
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To: nutmeg
The Last Temptation of Christ


Total secular garbage from a blasphemous left!!!
138 posted on 02/28/2004 10:05:15 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: Archangelsk
Anyone elst see this as ironic?


No, not really Jesus promised life more abbundant.


A movie done in His name...I have to admitt I'm jelouse of Mel!
139 posted on 02/28/2004 10:08:49 AM PST by dagoofyfoot
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To: nutmeg
Thanks for correcting my typo. I left the "t" off Christ in my post. Ooops. Spell check missed it, what I really need is "thought check". Did I type what I was thinking. LOL
140 posted on 02/28/2004 10:24:03 AM PST by handy
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To: White Eagle
The Christ went through this for us, and it was not easy for him. It defines the word sacrifice.

There is a word that is perfectly embodied in the story of Christ, but is otherwise often misused. "Sacrifice." It means to give up a greater value for a lesser value. God gave up his Son in exchange for all the sins of mankind.

Today, it is often used to simply mean giving up one thing for another. "To save my child from a burning building, I had to sacrifice my record collection." We hear things like that more often than you'd think. It's a powerful word that has lost nearly all of its meaning.

141 posted on 02/28/2004 10:36:41 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Taffini
I think his critics are praying it dies an early death.

I don't think the entity that they pray to has it in his power to defy the God that appears to be behind Mel's efforts

142 posted on 02/28/2004 10:45:24 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: Rennes Templar
What I recall most from the film is the flashbacks during Jesus abuse by the Romans: his teaching on the Mount, to the stoners of Mary Magdalene...

I agree. Many critics say that this is hard to follow because his sacrifice is "given no context." They don't understand how the flashbacks scenes relate to the story, if they even mention them at all.

To the critics who "don't get" Gibson's movie and feel it should somehow be explained to them, I'll tell them what they've been telling everyone else for decades: They need to get out more, open their minds, and understand that there is more than just their own narrow viewpoint.

143 posted on 02/28/2004 10:46:25 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: handy

Latest Box Office for Friday $23,240,000 -- total $64,578,000

sourceBoxOfficeMojo

144 posted on 02/28/2004 10:49:56 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: commish
Don't forget other subsidiary rights. I don't think Mel did this for money, but he's gonna be rolling in it.

Theatre re-releases will start the money machine all over again.

Then there's the annual network TV viewing----I hope Mel soaks them for the honor of airing The Passion.

Of course, whatever the sequels and prequels are produced are already sold out.

There's also pure gold in a feature film on "Making The Passion Movie."

And then there's the books by each major player.

145 posted on 02/28/2004 10:51:29 AM PST by Liz
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To: SauronOfMordor
...and I'm rather proud that I predicted that Mel would be in the black by Friday (the first week or two, Mel gets 50% of gross, the rest going to the theater owners, Mel's percentage shrinking thereafter)

Today's receipts should cover all his marketing costs, with the entire rest of the run providing capital for his next project. Mel will not need Hwood money people any more.

146 posted on 02/28/2004 10:57:27 AM PST by SauronOfMordor (No anchovies!)
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To: pseudo-ignatius
Oh, I love my enemies. It's just God's enemies that are distasteful to me.
147 posted on 02/28/2004 11:01:53 AM PST by Liz
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To: kattracks
The not so silent majority demonstrates that a movie reflects their values will succeed, not just the Cultural Marxist propaganda that Hollywood normally churns out.

Gibson may end up stronger than the Queer Cabal: Geffen, Katzenberg and Ovitz.

148 posted on 02/28/2004 11:02:32 AM PST by Regulator
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To: BradyLS
The REAL "Return of the King!"

Amen and Amen!

Jesus, You are the Lord of ALL!
149 posted on 02/28/2004 11:03:30 AM PST by duckbutt (Sadaam Husein - biological WMD - 300,000+ killed....and rising)
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To: hosepipe
Quote from hosepipe
Josephus recounted that Jesus healed Pilates wife of something.. don't remember what page in my version but remember reading that... Josephus was a non religious non christian Jew too, during that time.. as far as I know the only non believer evidence of Jesus healings.

Chapter 9 (“Ancient Non Christian Sources”) of Dr. Gary R. Habermas book “The Historical Jesus” has a quote on page 203. The footnote says: “The quotation was taken from the reading in ‘The Babylonain Talmud’ transl. By I. Epstein (London: Soncino, 1935), vol III, Sanhedrin 43a p281

The quote from Talmud 43a page 281 is:
On the eve of the Passover Yeshu was hanged. For forty days before the execution took place, a herald went forth and cried “He is going forth to be stoned because he has practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy. Any one who can say anything in his favor, let him come forward and plead on his behalf.” But since nothing was brought forward in his favor, he was hanged on the eve of Passover.
End of Quote

Dr. Habermas makes a few points, which include the following:
1. This is a brief account of the death of Jesus. It supports the fact he was crucified, and the time of the event. The term “hanged” was a less commonly used synonym for “crucified” at that time. (Gal. 3:13)
2. While the “40 days” is not specifically mentioned in the NT, this is consistent with Jewish practice as well as a reading of the threats against Jesus in John 8:58-59; 10:31-33, 39.
3. It’s the use of the word “sorcery” I thought you might find interesting. This account infers Jesus did perform miraculous acts, but attributed them to sorcery. Check out Mark 3:23-29 for a NT account of this charge.
4. Dr. Habermas makes many more interesting points. The one I found interesting is his comment that there is no explanation in this quote as to why Jesus was not stoned, but was hanged. I believe the answer is found in Gal 3:13 and the OT verse it quotes (Deuteronomy 21:23).
Hope this helps :)

150 posted on 02/28/2004 11:11:56 AM PST by handy
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